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Japanese-American Fusion in New York

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Sept. 12-29, New York's School of Visual Arts and the SVA Japan Alumni Association present "Super Phat," a multimedia exhibition of the work of SVA's Japanese alumni as well as non-Japanese alumni who live in Japan. More than 40 artists will be represented, showing illustrations, photographs, paintings, sculpture and video installations that explore how their exposure to Japanese and American culture has informed their work.

Yuko Shimizu
Yuko Shimizu

The exhibition is curated by Marshall Arisman, chair of SVA's MFA illustration as visual essay department; ReĆ  Sato-Manni of the Japan Alumni Association; and Retsu Takahashi, a Japanese-American alumnus. Not a play on Takashi Murakami's Superflat, the title, according to SVA's preview notes, in fact plays off of "fat," as in work that has "eaten and digested culture and has grown, extended and expanded because of that absorption."

Yuko Nakajima
Yuko Nakajima
At the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 W. 26th St., 15th floor. Some work from the show is seen here: Yuko Shimizu's "The Big Wave (after Hokusai)," 2002, ink on paper; and Yuko Nakajima's "Garbage City," 2005, digital print.

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